The Sens are a team that went to the Stanley Cup final two years ago before suffering a disappointing season in 2007-08.
They have a new coach and now no more Ray Emery.
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It was a clean hit with both referees concurring apparently. Alfie blames himself for not being aware of the play around him and he doesn't blame Bell, from anything I've read or heard. That should be the end of the discussion (although I'm sure there are a lot of cement-heads out there who will want to continue the debate).
I'll say it again for those who refuse to understand - hockey hall-of-famer Scott Stevens made a career out of hits like Bell's the other night. We can only hope that the art of the open-ice hit is back with Bell's effort - and not a more deserving target than Alfie (known for cheap hits from behind, firing pucks at opponents after the whistle, mocking the great and always classy Mats Sundin with a fake stick throwing jesture, etc.)
Jake, 2008-04-05 13:14:48
Sens defence... stink
no Alferdsson , Kelly or Fisher.... awwwwwwww
Out in the first round again!!!....PRICELESS!
kw, 2008-04-05 07:11:40
ottawa has grit? i guess thet's why they got trhu the second round of the play-offs once...
Peter, 2008-04-04 16:33:12
Like I said before, I like and respect blue collar workers. I come from a long line of them and used to be one myself.
I think that the Suits at the ACC squeeze out the regular fans from getting seats, at least that's what I've been told. Maybe that's why so many Toronto fans attend Senators home games.
That, or the Plumbers Union bought 6,000 season's tickets this year!
Playoff Bound, 2008-04-04 16:24:31
Heatley's "incident", while utterly tragic, was an isolated one as far as I know. Mark Bell has been behaving like a jackass for years.
I'm not that upset by the hit, actually. It was borderline for sure but I accept the ref's decision that it was legal. What I dislike is spectators cheering the injury and jeering Alfie's attempt to get off the ice.
There's a few bad apples in every basket. Surely not everybody in Toronto is happy with what went down.
Playoff Bound, 2008-04-04 15:58:39